Corporate Culture: Are you a good “fit”?
Companies will have different cultures. You can find many definitions of corporate culture. Your search for “corporate culture” on search tools like Google or YouTube, and you will find a variety of different responses. I like the definition given from the website called Investopedia (https://www.investopedia.com/). Investopedia defined Corporate Culture as:
“Corporate culture refers to the beliefs and behaviors that determine how a company’s employees and management interact and handle outside business transactions. Often, corporate culture is implied, not expressly defined, and develops organically over time from the cumulative traits of the people the company hires.” (from https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/corporate-culture.asp)
(By Evan Tarver published on September 02, 2021)
Companies will have a corporate culture that will serve as an internal system of how people act and work towards others outside the company.
People want to be a part of a company that positively corporate culture. A company that does not treat people as a (Bleep) (Bleep).
But beyond the basic idea that a company treats its people well, is the company you consider a good fit for you?
Well, maybe–each company will have its own unique culture; each company will have its united traits and characteristics that make it operate. People will also vary in what features and attributes they will value in a particular company. So, each person will be different in what particular company culture they value. You can take the same company–and one person may enjoy the company culture, and another person may not like the company culture. Company culture can vary in ways like:
- Education opportunities–some companies may offer people more educational/training opportunities more than others.
- Flexible schedules–some companies may offer more flexible schedules more than others.
- Practical jokes (doing pranks) – Some companies may value practice jokes (doing pranks) while other companies do not allow practical jokes (or pranks).
- Competitive from within – Some companies may value a highly competitive environment; where employees directly compete against each other.
- Cooperation from within–some companies may value collaboration with each other.
Evaluate a company culture
So, you want to evaluate the company culture to determine if the company may be a good “fit” for you.
Ok, you may ask, how do you determine that?
One way is to find out information from the company, try to find out how the company operates, and learn more about the company’s corporate culture. You can try the following methods to learn more about a company’s culture using the following tools.
You can look at a company’s
- Look at what materials that company has produced for itself on the Internet–can look at a company’s website, YouTube Channel, LinkedIn page, and other bits of information that may be out there on the Internet universe the company has already produced.
- News media–look at what news coverage there is on the company
- Interview–when you interview for a potential employer’s job position, the potential employer is evaluating you, but you also assess that potential employer. You may get an insight into how the company operates.
- Reviews–you may look at both employee reviews (both past and present) and customer reviews on the company. You may use tools like Glassdoor.com and indeed.com to look at how employees review a company. You may use Google search to find out customer reviews for a company.
- You can do a Google search and type in the company name and the word “culture” to see what information you can find.
You may use these techniques to determine more information about a company and determine if your potential employer’s corporate culture is the correct “fit” for you.